For the fourth consecutive year, Arvest Bank will honor teachers by awarding 131 educators with a total of $65,500 in prize money.

The decision to award 131 $500 gifts to individual teachers was made not only out of respect and appreciation for the work teachers do, but as a sign of support at a time when some schools continue to face budget challenges. All prizes will go to teachers who work at state-funded schools.

For the fourth consecutive year, Arvest Bank will honor teachers by awarding 131 educators with a total of $65,500 in prize money.

“As a business that stresses commitment to the communities we serve, it is our pleasure here at Arvest to recognize some of the teachers who contribute so much to those same communities,” Arvest president and CEO Kevin Sabin said. “It has been exciting to watch our We Love Teachers campaign grow over the last several years, and we hope these awards show how much we value and appreciate the hard work our teachers put in every day.”

To nominate a teacher to receive one of the $500 prizes, look for an Arvest Bank Facebook post about this contest during the week of Oct. 7-13.

Teachers at state-funded schools in the following Arkansas counties are eligible: Baxter, Benton, Boone, Carroll, Conway, Craighead, Crawford, Faulkner, Franklin, Garland, Hempstead, Howard, Johnson, Little River, Logan, Lonoke, Madison, Marion, Miller, Mississippi, Montgomery, Pike, Polk, Pope, Pulaski, Saline, Scott, Sebastian, Sevier, Washington and Yell.

Teachers at state-funded schools in the following Kansas counties are eligible: Franklin, Johnson, Montgomery and Wyandotte.

Teachers at state-funded schools in the following Missouri counties are eligible: Barry, Cass, Clay, Jackson, Laclede, Lawrence, McDonald, Platte, Stone, Taney, Webster and Wright.

Teachers at state-funded schools in the following Oklahoma counties are eligible: Adair, Canadian, Cherokee, Cleveland, Comanche, Cotton, Craig, Creek, Delaware, Grady, LeFlore, Mayes, McIntosh, McClain, McCurtain, Muskogee, Nowata, Oklahoma, Okmulgee, Osage, Ottawa, Payne, Pittsburgh, Pontotoc, Pottawatomie, Rogers, Sequoyah, Stephens, Tulsa, Wagoner and Washington.